Empowering Grassroots Bangalore
A three day workshop was organized in Bangalore under Smile Foundation’s ‘Empowering Grassroots’ initiative for the capacity building of community based organizations. The aim was to enable and equip grassroots organizations to mobilize resources for the sustainability of their projects, programmes and organizations, without dependency on international aid.
The programme witnessed global participation from industry experts, grassroots NGOs and observers. 50 NGOs from countries across the world participated in the workshop.
Speaking at the press conference, Mr. Vikram Singh Verma, Chief Operating Officer, Smile Foundation, said, “Whilst the ripple effect of the global financial crisis of 2008 is now being felt in the NGO sector with the slowdown in foreign funding, there are new opportunities for resource mobilization under the Company’s Act 2013 and the growing middle-class with high net worth individuals. As Smile Foundation acknowledges the noble work being done by community based organizations at the grassroots level to bridge the gap in addressing social issues, we are committed to handhold them in building their capacities so as to help them achieve sustainability of their projects and their organizations by instilling in them the need for credible delivery and effective resource mobilization.”
In partnership with Wilde Ganzen and taking learning from India and similar economies in the world like Brazil, Kenya and South Africa, Smile Foundation has built capacities of 500 grassroots NGOs in last two years under ‘Empowering Grassroots’ programme.